Meet the Smart Sectors Staff
Elizabeth Corona has worked in the field of organizational development and environmental policy since 2003. Prior to joining the Office of Policy, Elizabeth served as an advisor for organizational development in EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD), the Special Assistant to ORD’s Deputy Assistant Administrator and to the President’s Nominee for Assistant Administrator, and as Program Support Coordinator for ORD’s National Center for Environmental Assessment. She holds a master’s degree in international business and a doctorate in organizational systems.
Barry Elman is Acting Program Manager of the Smart Sectors Program. He brings over 30 years of experience advancing regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to environmental protection. Prior to Smart Sectors, Barry was the project manager for EPA’s first national emissions trading program, managed EPA’s $100 million Environmental Technology Initiative, and served as team leader for climate policy in EPA’s prior Sector Strategies program. He also led the domestic policy team in DOE’s climate policy office (on detail). Most recently, he was the Office of Policy’s lead analyst on a number of major environmental regulations. Over the years, he has worked extensively with industry sectors on a wide range of regulatory and voluntary initiatives.
Peter Hillebrand is a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer who is just starting his career at EPA. An exceptional analyst with community stakeholder experience, Peter is the newest member of the Sectors Team. He has worked as a researcher, scientist, and engineer and holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering.
Chris Reed has been in EPA's Office of Policy since 2004. Prior to joining the Sectors team, Chris oversaw EPA's Lean & Environment Initiative, ran OP's summer intern program, and most recently, worked on complex project coordination. Before coming to EPA, he taught high school math and English as a second language, worked as a line cook, and conducted outreach on sustainable seafood choices. Chris has a master's degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor's degree in Asian studies from Oklahoma City University.
Bob Sachs is a career public servant with over 30 years of experience with the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Geological Survey. At EPA, Bob has worked on a wide array of issues including writing federal regulations for hazardous waste, implementing voluntary programs, reconfiguring EPA’s council structure, leading and implementing a national policy for sustainable grants, and developing tools to help with green infrastructure and materials management.